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Great Britain : Olympic 1948 (Used)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Type
Stamp (Complete Set)
Class
Special Issue
Front Inscription
OLYMPIC GAMES 1948
Issued Date
29/07/1948
Gum
Gum
Perforation Gauge
15 x 14
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Very Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
495
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
496
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
497
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
498
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
Great Britain : Olympic 1948 (Used)
Gibbons # Face Value Colour Description Designer
495 2½ d Ultramarine Globe & Laurel Wreath P. Metcalfe
496 3 d Violet "Speed" A. Games
497 6 d Bright Purple Olympic Symbol S. D. Scott
498 1 s Brown Winged Victory E. Dulac

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The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. After a 12-year hiatus because ofWorld War II, these were the first Summer Olympics since the 1936 Games in Berlin. The 1940 Games had been scheduled for Tokyo, and then for Helsinki; the 1944 Games had been provisionally planned for London. This was the second occasion that London had hosted the Olympic Games, having previously been the venue in 1908.

In June 1939, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the 1944 Olympic Summer Games to London, ahead of Rome, Detroit, Budapest, Lausanne, Helsinki, Montreal and Athens. World War II stopped the plans and the Games were cancelled so London again stood as a candidate for 1948. Britain almost handed the 1948 games to the USA due to post-war financial and rationing problems, but George VI said that this could be the chance to restore Britain from World War II. The official report of the London Olympics shows that there was no case of London being pressed to run the Games against its will. It says:
 
The Games of 1944 had been allocated to London and so it was that in October 1945, the chairman of the British Olympic Council, Lord Burghley, went to Stockholm and saw the president of the International Olympic Committee to discuss the question of London being chosen for this great event. As a result, an investigating committee was set up by the British Olympic Council to work out in some detail the possibility of holding the Games. After several meetings they recommended to the council that the Lord Mayor of London should be invited to apply for the allocation of the Games in 1948.

In March 1946 the IOC, through a postal vote, gave the summer Games to London and the winter competition to St Moritz. London was selected ahead of Baltimore, Minneapolis, Lausanne, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

London, which had previously hosted the 1908 Summer Olympics, became the second city to host the Olympics twice; Paris hosted the event in 1900 and 1924. It became the first city to host the Olympics for the third time when London hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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